Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection

Voices of SCAD

Experiencing a life-changing event such as a SCAD, has a huge impact on those who had the SCAD as well as their families and friends. Finding a lack of information about an uncommon and poorly understood condition can be difficult and may add to the strains of recovery. Reading others stories can be an enormous help.

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SCAD diagnosed February 26th, 2019 – Female Aged 56

March 4, 2019

As with most of other accounts. 56 year old female, fit (enough) never smoked… Monday night, after a very busy weekend – was about to sleep at midnight and felt crazy heaviness on my chest. Got up, walked around, had a drink, trying to decide if I should go to hospital. Laid back down. At […]

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The trifecta: male, 74yrs of age and SCAD

February 21, 2019

It was a very busy day. Just as I like it! It was a Thursday and a typical Thursday it was until that evening. I played my usual 9 holes of golf(walking) and then went to my local gym for my noon HIIT one hour “afterburn” workout. That afternoon my wife and I went shopping […]

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Image of Perfect Health

February 3, 2019

July of 2018, at the age of 53, I suffered spontaneous coronary arterial dissection. The first symptom was tremendous discomfort in my left arm, followed by dizziness and loss of color in my face. Fortunately, I was at a family event rather than alone, as I may have resigned myself to a wait and see […]

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I’m a 46 year old mother of 2 who had a Heart Attack & Cardiac Arrest

December 18, 2018

On November 6, 2018, I survived a SCAD Heart Attack as well as Cardiac Arrest. I was getting ready to leave my home for work that day and as I was walking down the stairs of my home to get my coat, all of the sudden, I had a terrible pain in my chest. I […]

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Never healed…

December 8, 2018

2 and a half years ago or so, I remember having the chest pain; the heart attack. I was only 26. There were a series of them over the course of a week and then vanished. I had recently left my partner and had 3 young children I was raising. My youngest being only 6 […]

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SCAD the unknown monster

December 3, 2018

On 14 Nov 2018 I had felt huge pressure on the front and back of my left chest with excruciating pain radiating towards left shoulder and to left arm. This was the third episode. I was diagnosed with SCAD. On 10th Nov 2018 morning I had experienced the first episode which resolved after an hour […]

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Close Call After Exercise

October 28, 2018

I am an otherwise very healthy 51 year old male that exercises regularly and eats well most of the time. My exercise routine had been pretty intense and consisted of about 2 hours of continuous exercise 3 days per week. My day started with a small cup of coffee and a Clif Bar as I […]

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Becoming a patient SCAD Patient

September 21, 2018

I must admit that it’s hard to slow down and become a patient – Patient. I have been very active all my life. My family tease me and say that I had Energizer batteries in me. Since my diagnosis of a heart attack on August 30, 2018 I realize I need to make changes in […]

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3% chance of survival

September 19, 2018

On October 25th, 2014, I started having pain in my chest and heavy arms while making my bed. After suffering 4 hours, I drove myself to the hospital where they diagnosed me with having had a heart attack. They rushed me to a hospital an hour away and tried to manage my heart attack with […]

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My SCAD Survivor Stories

August 28, 2018

It is beyond difficult to begin writing about the most scariest events of my life. I tried sharing my story on the “Go Red For Women” website in 2014 after my first STEMI. I just couldn’t finish. Not sure what is different now, other than I REALLY feel the need to spread awareness. I also […]

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